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September 19, 2009
James Anderson, the England fast bowler, has said the players never really clicked as a team in the one-day series but they felt the 6-0 scoreline flattered Australia. The two sides will meet for the final match on Sunday and England will try to avoid the embarrassment of an unprecedented 7-0 whitewash.
"Throughout the series it seems as though we have tried to make it look as complicated as possible. You would think, after playing cricket for most of our lives, we would be able to do it - after all, it's not the most difficult of skills.
"But to be good at one-day cricket, you need to be good at running between the wickets and that's an area where we need to improve. Obviously we don't want to lose 7-0 so there's going to be a lot of pride at stake on Sunday. We are very disappointed with the way we have played in the series.
"We have never really clicked as a team, but the vast majority of us in the dressing room believe we can beat Australia and think 6-0 flatters them a bit."
Anderson took six wickets at 33.16 from four matches, including 4 for 55 in the sixth ODI.
England captain Andrew Strauss, who was booed by the crowd in Trent Bridge following their sixth consecutive defeat, called the losses a "horror show" and said the team's confidence was frail ahead of the Champions Trophy.
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